Philo Public Library District
P.O. Box 199
115 E. Washington
Philo, Illinois 61864-0199

Phone: (217) 684-2896
Fax: (217) 684-2719

Monday-Friday: 9am-12N, 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

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“Illinois Reads” Author Spotlight

Each month, we highlight three 2017 “Illinois Reads” authors and their selected titles. “Illinois Reads” is an initiative of the Illinois Reading Council that highlights the importance of reading at all ages and supports Illinois authors. Beginning each spring and concluding in the fall on Family Reading Night, the program offers a new list of six titles written and/or illustrated by Illinois authors at six different age levels from birth to adult.
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is the honorary chair of the “Illinois Reads” Committee and encourages everyone to get involved by becoming an “Illinois Reads” Ambassador, hosting or participating in a Family Reading Night program, attending an “Illinois Reads” author event and reading from the rich list of titles each year.
Each of the highlighted authors has published a book that has been selected to be on the 2017 “Illinois Reads” book list adults.

Jeremy McCarter is an award-winning writer, director and producer in Chicago. He created, directed and produced the “Public Forum” series. His writing collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda created the #1 New York Times Bestseller, “Hamilton: The Revolution.” The book is a wonderful testament to the eleven-time Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” and will be “a joy to anyone who loves the sound track or who has been lucky enough to score tickets to the show.”


Born in India, Sonali Dev now lives in Naperville. She is an award-winning author who started writing when she was eight years old. After earning a degree in architecture and written communication, she “migrated across the globe and started a family while writing for magazines and websites.” She now writes romance stories that highlight her Indian culture. Her second book, “The Bollywood Bride,” has been called “A bright beautiful gem” and “Truly unforgettable.”


Cristina Henriquez resides in a western suburb of Chicago. She is the author of the award-winning novel, “The Book of Unknown Americans.” Along with being named a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year and a NPR Great Read – just to name a few, it was also long listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The book has been described as “inspiring”, “powerful”, “brave”, “vivid” and “memorable.”

from ” E-news from the ISL 11/16/2017″

Children’s Programs
We offer a variety of programs for preschool and school-age children. Please see calendar for dates and times.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library meet once a month, generally their meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday at 3:00 PM, in the library's meeting room. Membership dues are currently $5 per year. The Friends mission is to assist the library, and to have a good time while doing it. Please call ahead for current information.
Book Club
We have a unique book club where you pick your own book to read with others. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please call ahead, since we will not be meeting on holidays or in inclement weather.